San Diego Padres: Postseason failure setting up future success

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 24: Manager Jayce Tingler and Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres line up during the National Anthem prior to the Opening Day game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on July 24, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 24: Manager Jayce Tingler and Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres line up during the National Anthem prior to the Opening Day game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on July 24, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano
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Padres Future Looks Bright

Padres top prospects Luis Campusano and MacKenzie Gore spent most of the 2020 season at the team’s alternate training site. Each player is projected to have a major role with the big league club. The question that remains is if 2021 is their start date.

Campusano is going to be an excellent major league hitter. At the plate, he has a good understanding of the strike zone. Campusano see the ball early and recognizes which pitches he can drive deep into the outfield gaps for extra base hits. His defensive skills behind the dish are regarded as elite. It will be interesting to see if Campusano can unseat Austin Nola in the starting lineup next season. He has a chance to be something special.

It was pretty obvious that the Padres were reluctant to use Gore as a replacement on the roster for Clevinger. But, he must be in the conversation for a spot in the 2021 starting rotation. The only question that remains is if Gore is physically ready for the challenge in Peoria next spring.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gore didn’t have the opportunity to build up his arm strength because of the cancellation of minor league baseball this season. He has the pitching arsenal, but does Gore may lack the experience to gain an audition in spring training.

The Padres have quality talent at every level of their organization. Now is the time for the Padres to tilt the field in their direction. This is accomplished by having the best players on either side of the diamond.

You can’t understand the mindset of Padres fans until you have lived a minute in their shoes. It’s easy to write that the future is bright in San Diego, but few will believe this statement because of past false promises from the Friar’s dark ages. A Padres fan’s biggest fear is 2020 was a 60-game mirage.

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However, the odds are in their favor that the Friars will be playing more playoff games in the immediate future.

This current crop of San Diego Padres have earned your trust.